Today, we review a timepiece that is special in many ways. First, Arizona Fine Time would like to proudly announce that we are officially the first authorized dealer in the United States for Seiko’s luxury brand that has never been sold on US soil before, Galante! Galante was created in 2005, with incredibly unique and powerful designs that are fashion forward, as well as beautifully constructed and finished. The brands name derives from the Italian term galante (or gallant in English) in reference to “a man who pays special attention to women”. The brand is intended to essentially be a flirtatious conversation piece; sporty, elegant and strong.
The sport concept of Galante is more so in reference to the sport of attracting the opposite sex. For this Galante, however, the sport is futbol (aka soccer). Seiko has now been a sponsor of FC Barcelona for about 2 years. With this partnership, many have seen watches in the Sportura collection celebrating the fame of FCB. As a very special limited edition, Seiko has made only 150 of this incredibly unique Galante as tribute to their partnership, only 3 of which came to the US market. All 3 pieces are exclusively sold here at AZ Fine Time, except for one, which found a new home with the owner of our store.
The bold engraving of “FC BARCELONA” on the bezel symbolizes the power of the team as a whole. FCB is one of the top 3 most valuable teams in soccer, has one of the largest followings of any sports team in the world, and has had some of the best players in the world, just to name a few things. The dial replicates the FCB crest with the St. George cross on the upper left, which is cut out to expose the open heart beat of the watch, the Catalan flag on the upper right, FCB in the center, along with the steel soccer ball in the lower half. The dial is done in a variety of metallic tones as opposed to colors in order to unify the steel look. This represents the strength and pride of the team, essentially calling them “strong as steel”. The dial is protected by sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, and the Seiko logo actually attached to the inside of the sapphire, casting its shadow on the dial.
The 45mm wide by 14.4mm thick case design is impressive to say the least. The case back is slightly curved in order to hug the wrist properly and makes up for its large size with comfort. One of the most obvious attributes are its four cylinder shaped pillars at each lug. While this characteristic applies tremendously to the design, it also serves purposes as these four pillars are what support the frame of the case. You will also notice its faceted case sides. The 23 square, zaratsu finished sides show a perfect mirror finish, that reflects light like a disco ball. The significance of the 23 cuts is to symbolize the 23 wards that make up the Tokyo Metropolis, adding another special attribute.
The strap is a black crocodile leather with dual push button 3 fold deployment clasp that has the special Galante crest visible when worn. On the back of the strap is the quote “més que un club”, which means “more than a club”, describing the commitment of FCB and its fans.
While the case back only exposes the small window of the watches heartbeat, just like on the dial, the case back is incredibly finished and bares the FCB crest. The movement utilized is Seiko’s in-house manufactured 8L38 with a rate of 28,800 bph, 26 jewels and a power reserve of 50 hours. The 8L38 is manufactured and hand assembled at the Shizuku-Ishi watch studio in Morioka, Japan.
Even the packaging that comes with this rare Galante is special. The wood inner box is black with the FCB crest on top. The inside colors are of the wood box are the home colors of FC Barcelona, while the outer box has their away colors in effect.
The term “more than egoist” is used to describe the Galante brand. With its bold, unique and intricate design, the sport of attraction is a part of Galante, but ultimately, the choice of watch is for yourself. The MSRP Seiko Galante FC Barcelona Limited Edition is $5,800. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996. Check us out on AZFineTime.com to see more great and unique products from Seiko.
Don’t forget… The Grand Seiko Roadshow is coming back to AZ Fine Time! See live feed on the homepage of AZFineTime.com the night of the event. Master Spring Drive watchmaker Junya Kamijo will be back to build a Grand Seiko movement here in our retail store! Free food, drinks, cigars, and even raffles for free watches that night. Come on down to the store if in the area or check it out online while it happens!
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